Tickets have gone on sale for the final A-Stock Tour, which will take place on the 29th September.

They can be purchased via the LTM website, although they are quite hard to find. Those looking to buy them will find “Last A Stock Tour” in the “Express Tickets” dropdown on the right hand side of this page, which will then take you through to the booking page. Be warned, tickets are going fast.

There are currently four A-Stock units remaining in service on the Metropolitan Line, with the last run in passenger service likely to take place on the line at some point the week before this tour. As it stands, London Underground will be keeping one unit for the long term (mainly for track adhesion duties).

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There are 15 comments on this article
  1. CyberGreg says:

    “Location: Heritage Trains”, tickets at £40 each?
    OMG, one should be a real enthusiast to book such thing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Indeed. I think that is actually the point

  3. Ig says:

    what are track adhesion duties?

  4. Rob says:

    Track adhesion duties is the annual Autumn leaf season when a Rail Adhesion Train (RAT) operates with a converted carriage dispensing an adhesion improver (sandite) onto the railhead especially on the northern sections of the Metropolitan line that suffers from heavy leaf fall.

  5. James says:

    Something. a few TOCs should learn from. Surely a similar thing could be done Ithaca some sort of glycerol solution before it snows as well to prevent the power rails freezing (ie the Southern network) or just run a few trains up and down it with heated shoes…

  6. Rogmi says:

    I’m sure that NR already have that in place. On the Underground, there used to be antifreeze containers on the current rails that were raised or lowered as necessary when freezing weather was predicted. Likewise, in some areas, the current rails were heated. I’m not sure if either of these systems are still in use.

    Newer Underground stock comes complete with de-icing equipment – to spray anti-freeze, and sleet brushes to scrape the rails. Some older stocks had the equipment retro fitted. I assume that the more modern NR stock have similar equipment (although perhaps not).

    On the Underground, the biggest problem was that the antifreeze tanks were often empty when they were needed. It became a joke. As far as sbow is concerned, anti-freeze isn’t much use when snow is heavy because the snow just builds up on the current rails as it doesn’t have time to melt or ends up as slush. In turn, this is quickly compacted under the shoes and the shoes then become insulated from the current rail. Depending on the location and the amount of snow, this could soon become a problem, such as on the long uphill NB run to High Barnet.

    I’m not sure if heated shoes would work with snow because they probably couldn’t melt the snow quick enough when the train is moving (OK at a stand). Sleet brushes (which are placed just before the shoe) certainly make a big difference as most of the snow is swept away before it reaches the shoe.

    From what I remember seeing, some NR stock only have one positive shoe per side per car rather than two like the Underground. If this is the case, this certainly doesn’t help.

  7. Greg Tingey says:

    Snow on 3rd or 4th rails …
    Kept clear by running frequent trains, and having lots of shoes per train.
    Very noticeable on the ex-SR lines, that some units have 4 shoes per unit, but others have 8.
    Guess which lines tend not to suffer so much from snopw-covered conductor rails?

    As for the “A” stock, I, for one will mis them.
    I realise the new stock is almost certaily better-riding, and the “inner tube” effect is brilliant, but the SEATING … euuwww.
    Thin, hard, and nowhere near enough of it.
    Thank-you for nothing, LUL. Spoilt the ship for a haporth-o’tar AGAIN.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Greg – at least the S8 seats aren’t quite as awful as those on the Victoria Line stock. I can actually sit down without suffering immediate back pain. And the air conditioning actually works!

    Still, I’ll miss proper seats, luggage racks and coat hooks.

  9. Kit Green says:

    As a small child I remember them as new. How modern and space age they seemed after the brown trains we were used to.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The seats aren’t bad, better than the Overground’s and VL’s stock. I actually prefer the layout, before there were too many seats and it was horribly cramped for such a large carriage. Those who live out zone 6 and beyond get first pick during the morning rush whilst in the evening the train empties loads at Wembley anyway. It’s those in Zone 5 on the Northern line I feel sorry for!

  11. Egduf says:

    I’ve found the seats not too bad on the S stock, but the handrails aren’t great – much better on the district where they bow out toward the centre of the carriage and are a little lower.

    Anonymous 08:17PM – the seats are often all gone in the morning peak by the time the train gets to Rickmansworth.

  12. Anon says:

    If you’re coming in from Chesham you’ll notice the seats are gone as soon as you get to Chalfont & Latimer!

  13. Greg Tingey says:

    Test mouse (as seen on platforms @ Farringdon)

  14. Anonymous says:

    The end of an era.

    P.S if you could fill out my questionnaire I would be very grateful


  15. Rogmi says:


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